Fire Prevention Week ends October 10 across Canada.
And when it comes to an end, the Guelph fire department said it is making sure more is known about fire safety in the community, including the difference between a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.
Fire Chief Dave Elloway said one way to do this is to show yourself testing your alarm.
“One of the things we are looking to do is challenge people to show yourself and your family testing their alarms and post them on social media,” Elloway said.
“Social media has become such an important part of our fabric, particularly with COVID-19, when we are so suspicious of what we do and other people we see outside of our families. So this is a way that I can show everyone else that ‘I’m doing my part.’
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service teaches the sounds of safety.
Elloway said post a video or photo of yourself on social media testing your alarms, using the hashtag #Getloud, to help the department spread the word about important information.
This year’s theme is “Learn the sounds of fire safety.”
The city of Guelph said there should be a working smoke alarm on every floor of every home in Ontario and outside of all sleeping areas. If there is no working smoke alarm, the city said a fire could be fatal inside the home.
As more people work from home right now, Fire Prevention Director Tony Sabatini said cooking safety is paramount.
“People will probably cook a little more at home, but at the same time, their minds are really busy thinking about their work as well,” Sabatini said.
“So they can cook something on the stove and then have to deal with a work-related matter in a particular office or area of the house. We highly recommend that if someone is cooking something, whether they are using the stove, microwave or burners, that they stay in the kitchen until whatever they are cooking or heating is complete. “
The Guelph Fire Department urges you to have a home escape plan.
He said they would prefer people to be out of the house and call 911 if there was a fire. But if you can, he said, slide the pot lid over, turn off the heat, and leave the kitchen.
Sabatini added that the fire department has also gone door-to-door and delivered more than 700 fire information packets.
The city said you can play virtual Kahoot too! Take an online test and test your knowledge of fire safety. The questionnaire is available until October 24.
You can go to City website for more information on fire prevention and safety.
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